LibriVox recording of The Status Civilization, by Robert Sheckley. Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012).
Will Barrent awakes without memories just before being deposited on Omega, a planet for criminals where the average life expectancy is 3 years. He’s listed as a murderer and released into the illicit society as a “peon” the lowest class imaginable. A mysterious girl gives him a weapon that starts him on his path to status, a path that requires constant brutality. But it must be borne if our hero is to discover the reason for his imprisonment; A reason that pits him against himself, and involves the sardonically similar but devoutly different creeds of Omega and Earth. - The Status Civilization was first published as “Omega!” in the August and September 1960 issues of Amazing Science Fiction Stories Magazine. (Summary by Gregg Margarite)
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October 30, 2014 Subject:
Well this is a hoot... maybe
I so did not see the twist coming, completely unexpected, so I was very happy with it.
Will is sent to the prison planet after having been found guilty of murder, and he is introduced to the complexities of the status civilization on the prison planet. There are hunts of new prisoners (one per day), and festivals where prisoners are hunted (but only the marked ones), oh and if you happen to earn a vacation, you can pick any one you want to go with you as a companion (adjoining rooms, no locks of course). Oh and the laws...
Reader did an excellent job.
June 22, 2010 Subject:
This was a pretty wld story, gives a good perspective on how apathetic humans can become and shows why not always doing what your told can be a good thing. I liked it a lot, dystopic but with a good hopefull ending. And of course the reader did a great job as Gregg Margarite always does.